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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,933 miles

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2009 Hyundai Accent engine problems

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2009 Hyundai Accent Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012015


  • 77,200 miles


A trip turned into twice being stranded on the side of the road with this car. Never been out of the bay area with it. It starts skipping a few beats, loses acceleration. Recovers itself until the next time. Becomes quite intermittent after that point. I got to jacksonville after leaving here. Lost power, tossed white smoke out the tail pipe. Just lugs along and then recovers. So I pulled off the freeway. Into a shopping mall. Turned it off. Started it again" nothing but white smoke out the back end. I called a tow truck. Had it towed into the local Hyundai dealership. Where after an hour? they had done some type of emissions clean out? and a transmission flush. Out of pocket? $289. I leave. I decide to come back home instead. I just didn't trust this car the rest of the way to va.. I get to ocala. Merging on to the 75 interchange? two cars and a semi behind me. A semi to the left side had to move over because I punched the gas to merge on? stalled, something went boom under me? and so much white smoke behind me? it engulfed the vehicles behind me. It literally lost power and I had to coast over to the shoulder? then recovered itself. I got it to the rest area a mile up the road. Called a tow truck again. Had it towed to the local Hyundai dealership. These people replaced the cat converter and a sensor. The rest of the trip home. At the 60 mile mark again? it starts up again. Spitting and sputtering.losing acceleration.. trucks behind me. I'm praying by this point. I eventually pulled off at the wesley chapel exit* and slowly made it home back to clearwater. Hyundai America is who I called at this point. Took it in yet again to a local Hyundai dealership who as usual after 2 days? find absolutely nothing wrong. I get it back" and it sounds worse and runs worse than it ever did now. Sounds like a puttering volkswagon. I am seriously afraid of this car. Seriously!

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 302011

Accent 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,600 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Accent. The contact was driving approximately 20-25 mph when the accelerator and brake pedals were depressed simultaneously. The vehicle continued to accelerate with a slight reduction in speed but failed to come to a stop. The contact then crashed into a preceding vehicle. There were no injuries yet a police report was filed. The vehicle sustained damages to the front bumper area and headlight. The contact planned to have the vehicle diagnosed and repaired for exterior body damages. The failure mileage was 14,600. Updated 05/03/11 updated 05/1/611

- Slippery Rock , PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072011


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Hyundai Accent. The contact stated that while driving approximately 2 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated forward crashing into a concrete barrier. The contact was not injured in the crash. A police report was filed. The vehicle was then towed to a dealer and transferred over to the insurance company who deemed the vehicle as destroyed. The dealer never inspected the vehicle due to the severity of the damage. The failure and current mileages were approximately 7,000.

- Dothan, AL, USA

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